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Defective Trailer Hitches

People with pick-up trucks and SUVs have the option to attach trailer hitches to their vehicles to tow heavy cargo. As enormous amounts of pressure are put on trailer hitches, these connectors must be strong and reliable in order to safely tow cargo without fear of accidental disconnection.

If a defect with a hitch’s connector parts causes the trailer hitch to loosen or break off, the results can be devastating. The cargo may become loose on the road, striking other vehicles or prompting other drivers to take potentially dangerous evasive maneuvers. These defective trailer hitch accidents can lead to serious injuries, but the person or party at fault for the faulty trailer hitch may be obligated to cover victims’ medical bills, auto repair costs, and other damages.

Dangerous Hitch Defects

Trailer hitches should be able to maintain a strong connection between motor vehicles and trailers. Any unexpected disconnection due to a mechanical failure may be considered the responsibility of that hitch’s manufacturer, making it legally accountable for accidents caused by these defects. The following are common trailer hitch defects:

  • A flawed design with the locking device that may cause the hitch to disengage
  • Support chains that fail to secure the trailer when the hitch accidentally disengages
  • The hitch is made with substandard materials, causing breakages during use
  • The electrical components of the connection system fail, causing the driver to lose the use of the trailer’s blinkers and brake lights

Whether your auto accident was the result of an owner’s failure to properly connect his or her trailer or the manufacturer’s failure to create a safe, reliable product, you may be entitled to financial compensation if you have been hurt due to a trailer hitch flaw.

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If you or someone you love has been injured in a defective trailer hitch accident, there may be legal options available to fight for financial compensation for related treatment and injury expenses. For more information about how to prepare your case, contact a lawyer from Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., by calling (303) 423-1770 today.

 

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